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4 Tips for At-Home Learning – Help for Parents

If you’re a parent who’s now faced with the challenge of teaching your child due to COVID-19 school closures, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed right now, and rightfully so. You never signed-up for the job title of At-Home Educator, yet that’s the task you now have. (Who knew 2020 would turn…

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Home Learning – 3 Weeks of Reading and Writing Activities

Home learning seems to be eminent during this difficult time dealing with the #coronavirus. I have organized home reading lessons for students in grades 1-4 to continue to work on their reading and writing skills while schools are closed. I hope you find these resources and teaching materials helpful.

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teaching paired passages without fear

Teaching Paired Passages Without Fear

Fall is here, and for the kiddos in your classroom that means one thing only: Halloween! I was a teacher for 23 years; so I know the mixed bag of tricks and treats that holiday brings to the classroom. Who could forget the fun of seeing those adorable Halloween costumes?…

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The Tech-Savvy Teacher: Digital Texts in the Classroom

I’ve been in the teaching profession long enough to have seen the debate come full circle. It’s no longer a question of whether or not you should incorporate digital texts within your classroom: it’s a given. Digital texts are here to stay in the classrooms of America; and I for…

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Tips for epic reading engagement

Tips for Epic Reading Engagement

Are you wondering how to promote reading engagement with the students you teach? It’s clear that students who love to read will spend more time independently reading for enjoyment. We’ve all had the experience of losing track of time while engrossed in the pages of a good book; and all…

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Fun Grammar Activities and Strategies

Fun Grammar Activities and Strategies

Hi teacher friend! Let’s talk grammar. Please stop yawning! I know grammar has gotten a bad rap, but there are ways to teach it effectively to the kiddos in your classroom while making it memorable and FUN! Let’s take a quick look at some fun grammar activities… Grammar Activities, Fun?…

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Reading Is Thinking

Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies – Reading is Thinking!

Hey teacher peeps; it’s me, your Guided Reading pal, with a quick reminder about teaching reading comprehension strategies. As soon as the new school year starts, you should begin teaching your kiddos to understand and use reading comprehension strategies. Whether it’s connected to a read-aloud, shared reading, or Guided Reading,…

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Tips for Merging Literacy and Technology

Tips for Merging Literacy and Technology

Teaching children to read…it’s never been an easy task, and there are more than a few new wrinkles that have been added for 21st century educators. (Understatement of the year–or of the century!) Literacy and technology do coexist in our world and in our classrooms. It’s our job to use…

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Community Worker guided reading lesson

Community Helpers Activity – Happy Labor Day!

Ahhh…Labor Day! For some teachers it’s the last hurrah of summer; however, for others who are already back to school, it’s the first official holiday of the academic year. Either way, we’ll take it! This all-American holiday is an opportunity to step away from lesson planning and take a few…

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Phases of the Moon Guided Reading Activity

Phases of the Moon Activity for Guided Reading

Hey teacher peeps! With this year being the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, we’ve been over the moon with excitement! There’s something about that big, beautiful sphere in the night sky that ignites the imagination and inspires awe. It happens with all of us–young and old. The kiddos…

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summer activities for teachers 25 tips

Summer Activities for Teachers 25 Tips

Here’s my advice when it comes to summer activities for teachers: live a little! Swap the sensible shoes for flip flops! Ditch the dry erase markers and pick up a popsicle! Go 24 hours without raising your eyebrows and asking someone to “think about how you could have made a…

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Top 7 Classroom Management Tips

Classroom Management Strategies – 7 Top Tips

Today’s classroom management strategies provide a framework for promoting positive behavior. We’ve all seen those old black & white class photos from the fifties: perfectly straight rows of desks filled with well-behaved, smiling children, each one sitting up straight with hands folded. The teachers stands near the chalkboard, holding the…

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